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Alden Gonzalez ESPN Staff Writer 

Mel Kiper Jr.'s first mock draft has the Rams selecting CB Carlton Davis out of Auburn, which underscores their need there. Trumaine Johnson and Nickell Robey-Coleman are free agents, and Kayvon Webster is coming off a ruptured Achilles. It's easily their biggest position of need.

Ben Fawkes ESPN Staff Writer 

With the uncertainty surrounding Tom Brady's throwing hand, the line at several Las Vegas sportsbooks is down to New England -7.5 from an opening spread of NE -9.

Mike Reiss ESPN Staff Writer 

Backup QB Brian Hoyer discusses always being ready to go, because he could get the call at any given moment.


Michael DiRocco ESPN Staff Writer 

Jaguars-Patriots Thursday injury report. Tom Brady did not practice.

Mike Reiss ESPN Staff Writer 

While Tom Brady was present for warmups, the Patriots note on their injury report that he didn't take part in the rest of practice.

Courtney Cronin ESPN Staff Writer 

Veteran guard Joe Berger spoke earlier about his plans after this season. Said he had planned for this year 'to be it' but will wait until March or April to decide upon retirement. "That'll be a decision I make in the off season if anybody even wants me back," he said. Berger noted that Minnesota signing RT Mike Remmers in the 2017 off season was one of the reasons he chose to come back this year.

Jeremy Fowler ESPN Staff Writer 

Randy Fichtner last called plays at Memphis (2001-06). Former Tigers HC Tommy West told me of Fichtner's playcalling: "A strength of Randy's was anticipating things coming up. He was really good at knowing what's coming and having plays ready for each circumstance."

Courtney Cronin ESPN Staff Writer 

Philly's rotation among its defensive tackles poses a challenge for the Vikings interior OL because, as Mike Zimmer pointed out, 'they come at you in waves.' Against Atlanta, Fletcher Cox played 57 snaps (90%), Timmy Jernigan played 29 and Beau Allen played 26. The good news ahead of a tough matchup? "They're similar to us defensively and they line up and do what they do and kind of what we do, too," Zimmer said. "You're going to kind of have an idea of where they're going to be. It may be a different guy that you're going against because they're changing, but they're all good and they come at you and they stay fresh. We're going to have to suck it up and play for four quarters."

Rob Demovsky ESPN Staff Writer 

Former Packers assistant coaches Edgar Bennett and Mike Trgovac have landed on Jon Gruden's coaching staff in Oakland. Bennett will coach receivers, a spot he coached in Green Bay from 2011-14 before he became offensive coordinator. Trgovac will coach the D-line, the same spot he coached for nine years with the Packers.

Kevin Seifert NFL Nation 

Vikings coach Mike Zimmer said he is still deciding whether to make Sam Bradford or Teddy Bridgewater his No. 2 quarterback behind Case Keenum for the NFC Championship Game. Bradford was promoted to No. 2 when the playoffs began, with Bridgwater inactive. Zimmer admitted that he has considered having all three quarterbacks active this week given the magnitude of the game and the importance of the position.

Cameron Wolfe ESPN Staff Writer 

Panthers DC Steve Wilks and Rams OC Matt LaFleur are next up to interview with Titans, sources confirmed to ESPN. Could be more interviews next week too based on what happens in this week's playoff games.

Courtney Cronin ESPN Staff Writer 

Mike Zimmer won't say who his backup QB is in Philadelphia. "I don't know, we'll see."

Cameron Wolfe ESPN Staff Writer 

Titans announce they've completed their first HC interview of Texans DC Mike Vrabel. More coming this week.

Tim McManus ESPN Staff Writer 

Eagles S Malcolm Jenkins asked to explain how three of four teams remaining don't have classic franchise QBs: "The cliche that defense wins championships is alive and well."

Vaughn McClure ESPN Staff Writer 

Falcons coach Dan Quinn expresses support for offensive coordinator Steve Sarkisian for next season.


Courtney Cronin ESPN Staff Writer 

Vikings injury report lists Michael Floyd as a non-participant due to an illness. Shamar Stephen missed a second straight day of practice with a knee injury. Good sign for wide receiver Adam Thielen, who was able to participate in a limited capacity after injuring his lower back on Sunday. As far as we know, Andrew Sendejo is still in concussion protocol as of Thursday afternoon, but went through his second day of limited practice.

Mike Reiss ESPN Staff Writer 

Tom Brady has moved his press conference from Thursday to Friday, per the team.

Paul Gutierrez ESPN Staff Writer 

Here are 13 assistants on Jon Gruden's staff, as announced by the Raiders today. Gruden had already announced his coordinators - Greg Olson (offense), Paul Guenther (defense) and special teams (Rich Bisaccia).

Tim McManus ESPN Staff Writer 

Eagles DT Fletcher Cox on the top-ranked Vikings defense coming to town: "As a defensive player, you've got the No. 1 defense coming in statistically, obviously that fires us up. We know going into this game that, whoever's defense plays better is going to win the game."

Jeff Legwold ESPN Senior Writer 

The Broncos certainly got what they hoped for when Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield, Wyoming quarterback Josh Allen and Washington State quarterback Luke Falk were all assigned to the North team at next week's Senior Bowl -- the rosters were released Thursday. The Broncos' staff will direct the North team so the team's coaches and personnel executives will get to see those players work in meetings and on the practice field. Nebraska'a Tanner Lee is the fourth quarterback on the North team.

Jeff Dickerson ESPN Staff Writer 

New Bears offensive coordinator Mark Helfrich was brought to Chicago, partly, to help develop second-year quarterback Mitchell Trubisky.

Brady Henderson ESPN 

What kind of offensive line coach are the Seahawks getting in Mike Solari? "He's the best. He's the best," Mike Holmgren told Sports Radio 950 KJR in Seattle. Solari was the Seahawks' offensive line coach during Holmgren's final season as the team's head coach in 2008 and also in 2009 under Jim Mora. Holmgren coached against Solari for several seasons as well. "Really a good person and a good man and an excellent, excellent line coach," Holmgren said. "That, to me, of all these [coaching moves] that happened, that was the key. I think he's going to make everything better. I really believe in him."

Jeff Dickerson ESPN Staff Writer 

Bears head coach Matt Nagy introduces his three new coordinators to the media on Thursday.

Michael DiRocco ESPN Staff Writer 

Jaguars RB Leonard Fournette said the person who rear-ended him on Tuesday turned out to be a Steelers fan. So no Patriots conspiracy.

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

Jaguars LB Telvin Smith apologized for pointing at Steelers RB Le'Veon Bell on his fumble return for a touchdown. He got his $10,000 fine today. And he asked that the video of his apology be publicized, so here goes.